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Komšić: It is absurd that we don't have a law to protect victims of torture

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SARAJEVO, June 27 (FENA) - On the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Željko Komšić appealed to the highest authorities, especially the Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees of BiH to adopt the Law on the rights of victims of torture.
 
“We still do not have a law to protect victims of various forms of violence, and the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment entered into force more than thirty years ago. It is absurd that a country that wants to be a member of EU does not have adopted legal regulations in this area. Basic human rights have been violated. All victims of the past war, including victims of sexual violence, detainees and all persons who have experienced any form of inhuman and degrading treatment, must receive adequate assistance, protection and compensation,” Komšić points out.
 
In the Republika Srpska, as it is added, the Law on the Rights of Victims of Torture came into force in 2019, while in the Federation of BiH it has never been adopted.
 
“Therefore, I call on all competent institutions, especially the Ministry of Human Rights of BiH and the Council of Ministers of BiH, to be actively involved in the adoption of law at the state level, and not to leave the victims of torture to themselves. It is a moral obligation of all of us. If we want to be part of the European Union, such legislation must be enforced. Members of the Association of Detainees of BiH, who are making great efforts to resolve their status of 'victims of war torture', and others, have my full support to resolve these issues legally and fairly,” said Komšić, announced the Office of the BiH Presidency member. 

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